Rising British star Emma Raducanu, 18, revealed a funny story following her stunning victory at the US Open.
The rising British star lost her AirPods just three minutes before her US Open qualifying first round match was called.
After losing her AirPods, Raducanu told herself: “If I win my match today, I can buy a new set of AirPods.”
Raducanu ended up winning all three of her qualifying matches and then all seven of her main draw matches to capture her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.
Raducanu ended up taking home a prize money of $2.5 million.
Emma Raducanu tells ESPN that before her first round match in #USOpen qualifying she lost her AirPods three minutes before her match was called and she told herself “If I win my match today, I can buy a new set of AirPods” She won $2.5 million today…
— Randy Walker (@TennisPublisher) September 11, 2021
Raducanu described winning a Grand Slam as an “absolute dream.”
“I mean, it’s an absolute dream. You just have visions of yourself going up to the box, hugging everyone, I mean, celebrating. That’s something that you always think of, you always work for,” Raducanu said.
Raducanu shocked herself with her stunning run
Raducanu drew attention to herself for the first time at this past Wimbledon, where she made the round-of-16 as a qualifier.
“No, I wouldn’t have believed it at all, because at the beginning of the grass courts, I was coming fresh off my exams. I had three weeks to practice before my first tournament. Yeah, I just built up every single match, every single win,” Raducanu said.
“I mean, I thought Wimbledon was such an incredible experience. Fourth round, second week, I couldn’t believe it. I thought, what a great achievement.
“But I was still hungry. I was working hard after the grass. I didn’t have much time off. Then straight back out here on the States. With each match and tournament and week, I think I’ve really built in terms of confidence, in terms of my game, in terms of my ball striking. Everything came together today.
“Yeah, I think to pull off some of the shots I did in the big moments when I really needed it was just an accumulation of everything I’ve learnt in the past five weeks.”